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01/18/2019   eWeek Cloud News
NEW CLOUD SERVICE NEWS: Salesforce’s new Lightning Platform Mobile platform is designed to help businesses frustrated by how long it can take to create and deploy new mobile apps. Included is a new capability to release apps in Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
01/18/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

According tofigures provided to CoinDeskfrom jobs site Indeed.com, searches for roles involving bitcoin,blockchain, and cryptocurrency dropped by 3.06 percent from October 2017 to October 2018.

Why? My experience is that enterprises are dealing something that turned out to be much more complex than the hype led them to believe. So, many enterprises have shelved blockchain efforts, opting instead to spend the money on cloud migration.

Blockchain does have value for secure monetary transfer, because it provides both central and distributed trust. There are other potential use cases, but to my mind the one that has real potential for enterprises is supply chain management.

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01/18/2019   eWeek Cloud News
Red Hat's competitive effort to Docker containers hits a major milestone with the release of Podman 1.0, which looks to provide improved performance and security for containers.
01/17/2019   eWeek Cloud News
An attacker group known as Rocke is taking a new approach to installing unauthorized cryptocurrency mining software on cloud servers: They're taking control of systems and uninstalling existing cloud security software.
01/17/2019   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: Database and web services giant is putting heavy capital investments into expanding its cloud infrastructure network globally, starting in North America with its Toronto data center. This is what it must do to compete head-on with Google, AWS, Dell EMC, IBM and other international providers.
01/17/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

When it comes to cloud services, many organizations are thinking in multiples—deploying several cloud offerings to meet a variety of business needs.

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01/17/2019   eWeek Cloud News
PRODUCT ANALYSIS: Pivot3’s solutions are designed to meet the stringent requirements of modern data centers across use cases that include cloud computing, IoT, edge computing, and remote/branch office environments.
01/16/2019   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK DATA POINTS: Many of today’s ADC solutions are based on architecture designed 20 years ago and now lack agility, flexibility and customizability. But now companies across industries (and especially in e-commerce, banking, health and technology) require radically different ADC solutions.
01/16/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Kubernetes has become a standard way—many would say the standard way — to deploy containerized applications at scale. But if Kubernetes helps us to tame sprawling and complex container deployments, what’s available to help us tame Kubernetes? It too can be complex, messy, and difficult to manage.

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01/16/2019   eWeek Cloud News
VIDEO: Craig McLuckie, co-founder of Heptio, and Paul Fazzone, SVP of Cloud-Native Apps at VMware, discuss the future of Kubernetes.
01/16/2019   eWeek Cloud News
PRODUCT ANALYSIS: The ProtectWise Grid is a cloud-delivered network detection and response (NDR) platform that unifies network detection, full-packet forensics and integrated response in an on-demand platform for any environment—enterprise, cloud or industrial.
01/15/2019   eWeek Cloud News
IT BUSINESS ANALYSIS: A strategic initiative that Dell calls the “compute continuum” emphasizes OEM solutions that can be effectively deployed, managed and supported from the edge of the network to on-premises data centers to the cloud, regardless of complexity, environmental or scale challenges.
01/15/2019   eWeek Cloud News
The startup officially launches its platform in an effort to help organizations better secure data across multicloud deployments.
01/15/2019   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK DATA POINTS: To better serve new and existing customers, many enterprises are turning to technologies such as voice assistants to improve their customer care capabilities. Voice UI has grown alongside that of digital assistants such as Siri, Google, Cortana and Alexa and has shaped consumer expectations about speed and efficiency.
01/15/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Nearly 70 percent of enterprise organizations are currently migrating data for enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications to the cloud, according to a report from the Cloud Security Alliance. Almost 90 percent of those surveyed said these business-critical ERP apps (SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft Dynamics) lead to many migration challenges and concerns.

The top cloud migration concerns among the 200 managers, executives, and enterprise staff surveyed include the moving of sensitive data (65 percent), security (59 percent), compliance challenges (54 percent), disruption of business operations (47 percent), and time to migrate data (46 percent).

You need to take these kinds of reports with a grain or two of salt, because they are often paid for by cloud technology providers. However, this is pretty much what I’ve been seeing in the last year and anticipate for 2019.

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01/15/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

If Microsoft is to succeed in making Azure its future, it needs to bring developers to its cloud platform. That would be easy if we were back in the early days of the PC, when it was still possible to build and lock in an ecosystem. But we live in a world were developers have choice, and where they choose the appropriate tools for the tasks at hand, mixing and matching proprietary and open source tools.

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01/15/2019   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK IT SCIENCE: Revulytics Usage Intelligence data has made it much easier to understand the file types and manipulations customers actually use within Extensis font and image software.
01/14/2019   Virtualization
Researchers from CyberArk discovered a way to hack the popular Play-with-Docker training site, escaping the confines of the container isolation boundary, revealing misconfigurations that have now been fixed.
01/14/2019   eWeek Cloud News
Researchers from CyberArk discovered a way to hack the popular Play-with-Docker training site, escaping the confines of the container isolation boundary, revealing misconfigurations that have now been fixed.
01/14/2019   eWeek Cloud News
NEW IN THE CLOUD: The latest update to the Salesforce Commerce Cloud includes a number of features designed to make it easier for consumers to find products and easier for the companies that sell them to manage everything.
01/14/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform provides interoperable cloud computing services that are comprised of both open source and standards-based technologies. You can use an Azure storage account to work with all kinds of data including files, blobs, queues, and tables.

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01/14/2019   eWeek Cloud News
TREND ANALYSIS: Major data breaches made headlines, advanced data analytics gained wider adoption, new applications for AI emerged and blockchain continued to disrupt. More of the same--only with increased data stores--is expected in 2019.
01/12/2019   eWeek Cloud News
SECURITY ANALYSIS: While the term “quantum proof” in regard to encryption has been bandied about for years, the reality is that you need more than that; you also need really secure key distribution.
01/11/2019   eWeek Cloud News
A new report from the Cloud Security Alliance examines how organizations are moving business-critical ERP applications to the cloud and potentially exposing themselves to new risks.
01/11/2019   eWeek Cloud News
Red Hat brings nested workflow capabilities to Ansible Tower, enabling more complex IT operations automation.
01/11/2019   eWeek Cloud News
eWEEK DATA POINTS: Industry leaders at Delphix, Electric Cloud, IBM, JFrog, Pivotal, XebiaLabs and Datical identify the primary areas on which organizations should focus in 2019 to continue improving software delivery outcomes.
01/11/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

I’m often taken back by the number of enterprises moving the cloud that have not considered data modernization as part of their cloud migration strategy. I know why: the money. However, not doing data modernization as part of moving to the cloud will cost you much more than you think you are saving.

Data should be a first-class citizen when it comes to your cloud effort. While the number of things to think for cloud migration about gets longer, don’t let data fall of your radar. The ROI for any improvements you make there is 20-fold—trust me.

Here are three things to consider.

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01/10/2019   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS FROM CES 2019: IBM--largely because it is pushing the envelope in a lot of areas with emphasis on mature artificial intelligence and quantum computing--is one of the few U.S. corporations playing the long game in IT innovation.
01/09/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

You’ve probably missed it, but there’s a religious war being fought on Twitter. (No, really!) On one side is an array of data-infrastructure companies (MongoDB, Confluent, and Redis Labs) that claim that Amazon Web Services is strip-mining their open source code to sell cloud services like Amazon Aurora, RDS and MSK (Managed Services for Kafka. On the other side is AWS, whose CEO Andy Jassy insists that its products aren’t intended as “a shot across the bow of anyone. If you look at what we are doing, it's very much informed by customers.”

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01/09/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Docker containers have reshaped the way people think about developing, deploying, and maintaining software. Drawing on the native isolation capabilities of modern operating systems, containers support VM-like separation of concerns, but with far less overhead and far greater flexibility of deployment than hypervisor-based virtual machines.

Containers are so lightweight and flexible, they have given rise to new application architectures. The new approach is to package the different services that constitute an application into separate containers, and to deploy those containers across a cluster of physical or virtual machines. This gives rise to the need for container orchestration—a tool that automates the deployment, management, scaling, networking, and availability of container-based applications.

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01/08/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

One of the building blocks of cloud-native application development is the API. By providing APIs to services, cloud applications can provide common backends to many applications across many platforms. Instead of having many implementations of a billing engine or an inventory, you only need one, with APIs that let it be consumed by other code.

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01/08/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

2019 is the year that enterprises are hitting the accelerator on their cloud migrations. Last year, the typical company wanted 100 or so workloads in the cloud at the end of 2018. This year, the goal is to move well over a 1,000 by the end of 2019.

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01/04/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

IT loves its enterprise data centers. Who can blame IT? Data centers are LED light works of modern art these days. Indeed, I like visiting data centers just to enjoy how they are designed and watch the lights blink.

The move away from enterprise data centers has been less aggressive than predicted. It seems that many applications and data sets can’t live anywhere else according to enterprise IT, and while cloud computing is an option, IT views it as a tactical solution.

The fact is that cloud computing is no bed of roses. Costs are typically higher than expected, migration is typically costlier and more complex than expected, and operations are much more laborious than expected.

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01/02/2019   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

At the board of directors’ meeting, the CEO is presenting the forecast for the next year. This time, he or she is discussing the use of cloud-based technology to launch a new product, including the ability to use this technology as a “force multiplier” and a platform to launch new products and/or services that will change the industry, increase shareholder value, and just make the company current.

The CIO is just sitting there, looking sad. It seems that many businesses have seen what we’ve known for years: that cloud computing is a game-changing technology that will become strategic to many types of businesses. Because it’s strategic, the control of the cloud strategy is removed from the CIOs (and IT in general) and placed in the hands of the CEOs, COOs, CMOs, and CFOs. How did CIOs let that happen, given their longstanding desire to be strategic?

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01/02/2019   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

By applying the insights of smart data, businesses can add strategic value from the cloud, while also gaining the flexibility, agility, and scalability needed to remain competitive.

01/02/2019   Virtualization
eWEEK TOP COMPANIES: New-gen data storage is all about providing the correct information on demand while at the same time maintaining data privacy for users at all levels. These requirements are the same for physical data center storage and for storage in a cloud service.
12/31/2018   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

It is no secret that enterprise infrastructures are undergoing major changes. Growing use of public cloud, SaaS, and SD-WAN in 2019 will play a significant role in the way infrastructures evolve.

12/26/2018   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

As the cloud has become a ubiquitous part of business life over the last few years, there are still lingering concerns and misconceptions around cloud security.

12/25/2018   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Organizations that proactively monitor cloud applications gain critical insights into security, usage, performance, and compliance.

12/24/2018   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Develop a well-thought-out approach to the migration and make sure your management and operations teams understand the potential opportunities and challenges.

12/21/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

You’re walking to your car from a major public cloud provider’s building that houses about 1,000 employees. You have an envelope on your windshield that looks like an invitation to a fancy wedding.

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